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A Northern California Police Department employee has been arrested on weapons charges and placed on administrative leave following an FBI investigation that he posted hateful posts on a website purporting to shoot police officers, officials said Friday. Support is included.

Police Chief Anthony Mata said during a news conference that Denis Shevchenko, 40, works as a community service officer, but does not have the power to arrest. Shevchenko has been working in the department since 2012.

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The FBI informed the police department about its investigation on October 14, and Shevchenko was arrested that night in the line of duty, Mata said.

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“This incident is unfortunate, and I am deeply disappointed that an employee of our organization harbored and spread these hateful messages,” Mata told reporters.

Mata said investigators seized several firearms and other items during a search of Shevchenko’s home. Shevchenko is charged with possessing a concealed firearm, an assault weapon, and a concealed dagger or dagger.

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Officials said he also allegedly brought a firearm to the police station and kept it in his locker.

Shevchenko’s status as a non-sworn employee means that he is not allowed to carry a gun. Their duties include assisting patrols, reporting officer intakes, responding to traffic accidents, and directing traffic.

The police chief said his alleged online posts contained messages of a “political nature” related to violence and threats. The chief said it was not clear whether Shevchenko was involved in the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.

Mata said new recruits and existing employees are scrutinized for like-mindedness.

Mother said that Shevchenko would be on paid administrative leave until the results of the investigation.